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Silicon Nanowires for Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conversion

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  • Kui-Qing Peng,

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    1. Department of Physics, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, P. R. China
    • Department of Physics, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, P. R. China
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  • Shuit-Tong Lee

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    1. Center of Super-Diamond and Advanced Films (COSDAF) and Department of Physics and Materials Science, City University of Hong Kong, SAR, Hong Kong
    • Center of Super-Diamond and Advanced Films (COSDAF) and Department of Physics and Materials Science, City University of Hong Kong, SAR, Hong Kong.
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Abstract

Semiconductor nanowires are attracting intense interest as a promising material for solar energy conversion for the new-generation photovoltaic (PV) technology. In particular, silicon nanowires (SiNWs) are under active investigation for PV applications because they offer novel approaches for solar-to-electric energy conversion leading to high-efficiency devices via simple manufacturing. This article reviews the recent developments in the utilization of SiNWs for PV applications, the relationship between SiNW-based PV device structure and performance, and the challenges to obtaining high-performance cost-effective solar cells.

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